Kim Samuel

Director, The Samuel Group

A family business founded in 1855, The Samuel Group is a leading metals and industrial products manufacturer, processor, and distributor in North America.

Kim Samuel is an author, educator, and leading voice in the global movement for belonging. She is currently a visiting research fellow at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, and a visiting scholar at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). Kim has lectured at institutions including Oxford, Harvard, and the London School of Economics, and she taught a first-of-its-kind course in the study of social isolation at McGill University. She is the founder and chief belonging officer of the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness (SCSC), a “think-and-do tank” that partners with leading advocacy groups and research organizations to combat social isolation and build belonging around the world. Kim presently serves on the steering committee of the Together Coalition, the executive committee and board of Special Olympics International, and the disability rights advisory committee of Human Rights Watch. She is a frequent commentator in outlets including the Globe and Mail, The Independent, The Boston Globe, USA Today, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Psychology Today, and she has been a guest on more than a dozen podcasts or broadcast shows. She is the author of On Belonging: Finding Connection in an Age of Isolation (Abrams Press 2022), an exploration of the crisis of social isolation and humanity’s right to belong.



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